The Brain Image Team (BIT) Lab focuses on imaging unique properties of the brain. When most
people consider using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brain, the envision the
high-resolution structural images that show the shape of the brain. Although this is very
useful, in our research group we also use more advanced forms of MRI to image unique properties
of the brain. These methods include cerebrovascular imaging to image the microvascular
(capillary bed) and macroscopic (larger arteries of the brain); diffusion and functional MRI (to
study the underlying wiring and activation of the brain). We use these methods with advanced
data analytics to yield answers in areas of the cerebrovascular disease (i.e., stroke, aneurysm)
and aging physiology (i.e., brain aging, neurodegeneration, and dementia).
We have a holistic approach to research vertically ranging across technology development, image
acquisition and reconstruction, data analytics and machine learning, and now. At UCalgary we
have infrastructure including a MR Engineering Technology Lab (coming soon), high field MRI
systems (3x 3T Human MRI systems, 9.4T Animal MRI system). High Performance Computing
infrastructure through UCalgary and the Digital Research Alliance of Canada (>200 TB of data
storage, and several >100,000 core compute clusters). We have access to perhaps one of the
largest collections of neuroimage data in the world including the UK Biobank, National
Institutes of Mental Health, Human Connectome Project, Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging
Initiative, Open Access Series of Imaging Studies, among many others. On our compute clusters we
have assembled many neuroimaging tools including custom tools to facilitate research analyses.
This overall approach vertically integrates brain imaging research for comprehensive experience
and internally leverages expertise.